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Student trespasses and brings gun to Grimsley High in Greensboro

The gun was secured quickly and, luckily, no one was threatened or hurt, according to the principal.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A student from another school was found trespassing on Grimsley High School property and was found in possession of a gun on Wednesday, Feb. 8. 

The principal of the school, Gerald "Ged" O'Donnell, detailed the incident in a voice message.

The student was found trespassing during the Grimsley lunch period. The principal reported that he was taken to the administrator's office immediately in order to determine which school the student went to.

The weapon was found as a result of a search of the student's belongings.

"The weapon was immediately secured without incident and no one was threatened or harmed," O'Donnell said. "I'm proud of the vigilance and actions of my teachers and staff. The safety and security of my students and staff are of the utmost importance to me."

O'Donnell ended the voice message by imploring parents to reach out to his office at 855-502-7867.

Guilford County Schools released this statement.

"GCS administrators and law enforcement are investigating a matter in which a student from another school was found outside on the campus of Grimsley High School and was in possession of a handgun. The weapon was confiscated without incident, and no one was threatened or harmed. School disciplinary policies are being followed in the process, but due to the students’ ages, no other information can be released. "

In Walkertown Wednesday, Forsyth County sheriff Bobby Kimbrough Jr. addressed school safety during a community forum.  

He spoke about his frustration with guns in schools and referenced the deadly shooting of 15-year-old William miller Jr. at Mt. Tabor in 2021.

He again pushed for more SROS.

"I never want to see another kid on the floor in a school. I have been pushing for security from elementary all the way to high school but it always comes back to the school system and the school board saying we don't have funding for that and I don't have funding for it," Kimbrough said. 

To put an SRO in every elementary school in the district, Winston-Salem Forsyth County schools said it would need 43 officers, at a cost of about $100,000 per officer.

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